Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine, known as Dr. Robotnik and His Mean Bean Machine in Europe, is a puzzle game developed by Compile and released by Sega for the Sega Genesis/Mega Drive, Sega Game Gear and Sega Master System. It is the Western release of Puyo Puyo and the first Puyo Puyo game to be released in the West. The game is based on Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog animated series rather than taking place on the main games' universe.
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It is also one of a few titles in the Sonic the Hedgehog series to not feature Sonic himself. The game was released in North America on November 26, 1993 and in Europe in January 1994, with the Sega Master System version released in Europe in July 1994. The game has received generally positive reviews. Critics have praised the addictive gameplay and different modes while criticizing the quickly increasing difficulty.
Dr. Robotnik has hatched a plan to ensure that no fun or music remains on Mobius. To do this, he kidnaps the jolly citizens of Beanville and stuffs them into a giant roboticizing machine called the Mean Bean-Steaming Machine (hence the name, "Mean Bean Machine"), to turn them into devious little robot-slaves. The instruction manual states that the disappearing Beans are sent to the Mean Bean Machine. And so the player sets off on a daring adventure to stop Robotnik (Sonic is never mentioned throughout the game to rescue or help the player). The game ends after a face-off with Robotnik, in which the player frees the Beans.
The game is played with two opponents, each controlling one of two grids. Beans fall from the top in groups of two, coming in various colors and one pair falling each "turn". The player must attempt to arrange the beans into groups of at least four beans all of the same color; should they do this, the beans in the group will disappear.
Players must also contend with clear, or 'refugee' beans which are deposited in the player's grid by their opponent removing larger chains of beans. If a player is able to cause a chain reaction by removing one set of beans, and hence causing another set to group and disappear, and so on, the resultant number of refugees deposited will be far higher. Refugee beans cannot be removed by being arranged into groups of four; the only way to remove them is to remove normal beans adjacent to the refugee. A player can attempt to send refugees to their opponent in order to frustrate their attempts to remove beans. The player whose screen fills up with beans first loses.
The game has three main modes. Scenario Mode has the player going through thirteen levels facing against Robotnik's badniks (which include Scratch, Grounder, Coconuts, and various badniks from the first episode of Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog) before facing off against Robotnik himself. As the game is played, Robotnik's henchmen become increasingly skilled and beans begin to fall faster, making it more difficult to arrange them into desirable configurations. Upon the completion of a level, the game gives the player a password enabling them to start from that point in the game next time they play. Exercise Mode allows the player to play without a CPU opponent, with gameplay going faster as the game goes on. Another player may join in at any time. 1P vs 2P Mode allows two players to compete against each other. The Game Gear version of the game also features Puzzle Mode, in which players must use a limited supply of beans to clear a screen.
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